USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. "A few showers linger across the eastern Corn Belt, where recent rains have benefited corn, soybeans, and winter wheat, but have not completely eradicated short-term dryness," USDA explains.
In the West, USDA says building heat is promoting a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development. "However, rangeland and pastures remain in terrible shape in much of Arizona and New Mexico, where reservoir storage is below average and several large wildfires continue to burn," USDA adds.
On the Plains, USDA reports cool weather accompanies isolated showers. "Despite some late-month rainfall, May was a very dry month across large sections of the central and southern Plains, which has placed rain-fed summer crops and maturing winter wheat under increasing levels of stress," USDA explains.
In the South, USDA says cooler, mostly dry weather is overspreading areas from the Mississippi Delta westward. "Meanwhile, beneficial showers are sweeping across the Southeast, where pockets of significant drought persist in areas not affected by Tropical Storm Beryl's recent passage," USDA continues.
USDA's outlook says showers and locally severe thunderstorms will sweep across the eastern U.S. today, followed by a cooler, drier weekend. "Rain will persist for several more days, however, in the Northeast, where storm totals could reach 2 to 4 inches," USDA adds. Meanwhile, USDA says a Western heat wave will begin to shift eastward, reaching the High Plains during the weekend. "By early next week, cooler weather and widespread showers will return to the Northwest," USDA explains. Early next week, USDA says a period of cool weather will gradually end across the eastern half of the U.S., except for a lingering chill in the Northeast.